Despicable Me 2 (2013)

PIERRE COFFIN, CHRIS RENAUD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA/France/Japan, 2013.  Universal Pictures, Illumination Entertainment.  Screenplay by Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio.  Produced by Janet Healy, Christopher Meledandri.  Music by Heitor Pereira, Pharrell Williams.  Production Design by Yarrow Cheney, Eric Guillon.  Film Editing by Gregory Perler.  Gru has been cured of his status as a…

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Vice (2018)

ADAM McKAY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.   USA, 2018.  Annapurna Pictures, Gary Sanchez Productions, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Adam McKay.  Cinematography by Greig Fraser.  Produced by Megan Ellison, Will Ferrell, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay, Kevin J. Messick, Brad Pitt.  Music by Nicholas Britell.  Production Design by Patrice Vermette.  Costume Design by Susan Matheson.  Film Editing by Hank Corwin. …

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Beautiful Boy (2018)

FELIX VAN GROENINGEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   USA, 2018.  Amazon Studios, Big Indie Pictures, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by Luke Davies, Felix van Groeningen, based on the book Beautiful Boy by David Sheff and Tweak by Nic Sheff.  Cinematography by Ruben Impens.  Produced by Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Brad Pitt.  Music by Gabe Hilfer.  Production Design by Ethan Tobman.   Costume…

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Battle Of the Sexes (2017)

JONATHAN DAYTON, VALERIE FARIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 2017.  Cloud Eight Films, Decibel Films, Fox Searchlight Pictures, TSG Entertainment.  Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy.  Cinematography by Linus Sandgren.  Produced by Danny Boyle, Christian Colson, Robert Graf.  Music by Nicholas Britell.  Production Design by Judy Becker.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film Editing by Pamela Martin.  Appalled by the sexism that sees…

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Cafe Society (2016)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.   USA, 2016.  FilmNation Entertainment, Gravier Productions, Perdido Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Edward Walson.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzy Benzinger.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter. Woody Allen reaches a career low with this tired and charmless period piece. Jesse Eisenberg heads out to Los…

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The Big Short (2015)

ADAM McKAY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2015.  Plan B Entertainment, Regency Enterprises.  Screenplay by Charles Randolph, Adam McKay, based on the book by Michael Lewis.  Cinematography by Barry Ackroyd.  Produced by Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Arnon Milchan, Brad Pitt.  Music by Nicholas Britell.  Production Design by Clayton Hartley.  Costume Design by Susan Matheson.  Film Editing by Hank Corwin.   The…

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Foxcatcher (2014)

BENNETT MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2014.  Annapurna Pictures, Likely Story, Media Rights Capital.  Screenplay by E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman.  Cinematography by Greig Fraser.  Produced by Anthony Bregman, Megan Ellison, Jon Kilik, Bennett Miller.  Music by Rob Simonsen.  Production Design by Jess Gonchor.  Costume Design by Kasia Walicka-Maimone.  Film Editing by Jay Cassidy, Stuart Levy, Conor O’Neill.   The true story of…

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Evan Almighty (2007)

TOM SHADYAC Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2007.  Universal Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment, Relativity Media, Shady Acres Entertainment, Original Film.  Story by Steve Oedekerk, Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow, Screenplay by Steve Koren, Mark O’Keefe, based on characters created by Steve Koren, Mark O’Keefe.  Cinematography by Ian Baker.  Produced by Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Michael Bostick, Neal H. Moritz, Tom Shadyac.  Music…

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Bruce Almighty (2003)

TOM SHADYAC Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2003.  Spyglass Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Shady Acres Entertainment, Pit Bull Productions.  Story by Steve Koren, Mark O’Keefe, Screenplay by Steve Koren, Mark O’Keefe, Steve Oedekerk.  Cinematography by Dean Semler.  Produced by Michael Bostick, James D. Brubaker, Jim Carrey, Steve Koren, Mark O’Keefe, Tom Shadyac.  Music by John Debney.  Production Design by Linda DeScenna.  Costume Design by…

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Get Smart (2008)

PETER SEGAL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2008.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Mosaic Media Group, Mad Chance, Callahan Filmworks, Atlas Entertainment, WV Films IV.  Screenplay by Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember, based on characters created by Mel Brooks, Buck Henry.  Cinematography by Dean Semler.  Produced by Michael Ewing, Alex Gartner, Andrew Lazar, Charles Roven.  Music by Trevor Rabin.  Production Design…

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Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004)

ADAM McKAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB USA, 2004.  DreamWorks, Apatow Productions, Herzog-Cowen Entertainment.  Screenplay by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay.  Cinematography by Thomas E. Ackerman.  Produced by Judd Apatow.  Music by Alex Wurman.  Production Design by Clayton Hartley.  Costume Design by Debra McGuire.  Film Editing by Brent White.   The makeover that the information world received when women broke through barriers and became news…

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Date Night (2010)

SHAWN LEVY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2010.  Twentieth Century Fox, 21 Laps Entertainment, Dune Entertainment.  Screenplay by Josh Klausner.  Cinematography by Dean Semler.  Produced by Shawn Levy.  Music by Christophe Beck.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Dean Zimmerman. Tina Fey and Steve Carell play a comfortably married New Jersey couple whose life has become…

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